Chartres In Lights 2020: from April 4 to October 10, every night.

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The events not to be missed!

With Chartres in Lights, the city's must-see sites are highlighted with light and music. A unique event in the world!

Have you ever seen the scenographies? Rediscover this event in a different way: by dancing, running or paddling...


Saturday 27 April: the launch of Chartres in Lights 2019

The opening evening of Chartres in Lights is an opportunity to celebrate in the streets of the heart of the city. Discover new sites and illuminations, concerts and of course, the “Trail in Chartres en lumières”.

“Trail in Chartres en lumières”, a nocturnal urban race

Every year, this sporting event organized by the Chartres Métropole Triathlon association marks the launch of the new Chartres in Lights season. Here is the program of this 7th edition:

  • 4pm: a cultural orientation game for families whose goal is to find lost letters in order to reform a mystery sentence. A charity event to help the association Les Enfants de la Lune.
  • 7:30pm : “Chartres pour elles”, a 100% feminine and supportive race to raise money for the fight against breast cancer. More than 1,000 participants were present in 2018. A 4 km flat course at a reduced speed.
  • 9:45pm : the “Trail in Chartres en lumières”, the night race that has become a must in Eure-et-Loir ! Starting from the multimedia library Apostrophe, this 10 km route follows the mounds of Chartres. Part of the registration is donated to the association Les Enfants de la Lune.


Saturday, September 21: The Festival of Light

The highlight of Chartres in Lights, the Festival of Light makes the heart of the city beat faster. It is held every third Saturday in September, from 9pm to 1am, on the occasion of the European Heritage Days. It combines the magical atmosphere of Chartres in Lights, the discovery of new scenographies and the festive atmosphere of street shows and entertainment.

During an evening, at nightfall, the heart of the city of Chartrain gets carried away. Multiple animations pay an eclectic tribute to light. Arts and street shows, plastic installations, participatory and interactive activities, musical strolls, exhibitions...

With attendance now approaching 50,000 visitors, this is the largest event in the Centre-Val-de-Loire region in the new school year.


During the summer: Chartres in Lights by canoe-kayak or paddle

Canoe-kayak : from the age of 8, the Chartres métropole canoe-kayak association offers you a route as close as possible to the illuminations of bridges and washhouses. A walk on the Eure in the middle of the Chartres en lumières scenery. (Paid)

Information and reservations : 06 21 01 00 99, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Paddle : SUP-POLO Addict invites you to discover Chartres in Lights during descents on the Eure. ( Paid)

Information and reservations : 06 74 31 18 46, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Saturdays, May 18 and October 12, 2019: “Mouv'en lumières”

The Salsamba association and dance school invites the public to explore Chartres in Lights... by dancing, with the concept "Mouv'en lumières"!

To celebrate the beginning and end of the lighting season, the association offers dance demonstrations throughout the Chartres in Lights route and invites you to participate.

Note in your agenda: the Mouv'en Lumières will take place on Saturdays, May 18 and October 12, 2019.

Two free evenings hosted by Stéphane Massaro.

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Contact Us

Information : City of Chartres
Place des Halles
28000 Chartres
02 37 18 47 84
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